|Artist:||Marty Robbins (English)|
|Chord names:||Not defined|
"Billy The Kid" (D)
I'll sing you a true song of Billy the Kid
I'll sing of some desperate deeds that he did
'Way out in New Mexico long long ago
When a man's only chance was his own forty-four.
When Billy the Kid was a very young lad
In old Silver City he went to the bad
'Way out in the West with a gun in his hand
At the age of twelve years he did kill his first man.
Fair Mexican maidens play guitars and sing
Songs of Billito, their boy bandit king
'Ere his young manhood had reached his sad end
He'd a notch an his pistol for twenty one men!
Was on a sad night when poor Billy died
He said to his friend, "I'm not satisfied
There's twenty one men I have put bullets through
Sheriff Pat Garrett must make twenty two!"
I'll sing you how Billy the Kid met his fate
The bright moon was shinin', the hour was late
Shot down by Pat Garrett who once was his friend
The young outlaw's life is now come to an end.
There's many a man with a face fine and fair
Who start out in life with a chance to be square
Just like poor Billy they wander astray
They'll lose their lives in the very same way!
Song about Billy the Kid first collected by Jack Thorp
Interesting song, but pretty much all lies. (Garrett's book)
Best know version by Marty Robbins. Woody Guthrie adapted
from a version sung by Vernon Dalhart and written by Andrew
Jenkins and his stepdaughter Irene Spain. They took the story
from the 1925 Walter Noble Burns Book The Saga of Billy the Kid.
[He Was Singing This Song - p. 181]